Tuition & Aid for International Students

Columbia GSAPP is committed to educating and supporting students pursuing careers in architecture, planning, preservation, real estate development, and related disciplines. It is our aim to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to become successful professionals in their chosen field of study.

Direct funding at GSAPP through fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships is competitive and not available to all admitted or enrolled students. Each applicant is automatically considered for merit-based support.

The GSAPP Office of Admission and Financial Aid works with the Columbia University Office of Student Financial Services to meet the needs of each student.

2017-2018 Tuition and Fees
2017-2018 Tuition and Fees

The flat fee for Masters degree tuition per term is $ 27,510 for 12-19 points. Additional points are $ 1,834 per point.

The New York/Paris Certificate has a flat fee of $ 18,270 per term for 12-19 points. Additional points are $ 1,218 per point.

Please see below charts for detailed costs for the different degree programs offered. These include the University’s estimate of living expenses for graduate students.

Please visit the Columbia Student Financial Services website for further information on fees.

M.Arch, M.S. HP, M.S. UP, M.S. CCCP

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services ($80 per term)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses (University estimate)

Estimated Total

Fall/Spring

$ 55,020

$ 1,082

$ 2,991

$ 960

$ 105

$ 160

$ 60,318

$ 25,200

$ 85,518

M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD, M.S. RED

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services ($80 per term)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses (University estimate)

Estimated Total

Summer/Fall/Spring

$ 82,530

$ 1,328

$ 3,716

$ 1,440

$ 105

$ 240

$ 89,359

$ 33,600

$122,959

New York/Paris

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services ($80 per term)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses (University estimate)

Estimated Total

Fall/Spring

$ 36,540

$ 1,082

$ 2,991

$ 960

$ 105

$ 160

$ 41,838

$ 25,200

$ 67,038

Introduction to Architecture

Tuition

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Summer

$ 3,654

$ 226

$ 105

$ 3,985

  • Health Services Fee is a mandatory fee for access to the University Health Service Center. The cost is $541 for Fall and Spring terms, $246 for Summer term.

  • Medical Insurance Fee is a payment for those enrolled in the Student Insurance plan. The cost is $725 for new students beginning the Summer term, $1,139 for Fall term, $1,852 for Spring term.

  • University Facility Fee is an overall fee for use of its facilities, including the library and gym. The cost is $480 per term.

  • Document Fee is a one-time payment of $105 for transcripts, which allows students to request transcripts from the Registrar's Office without further cost.

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

The below rates are pending approval by the Trustees of the University:

The flat fee for Masters degree tuition per term is $ 28,470 for 12-19 points. Additional points are $ 1,898 per point.

The New York/Paris Certificate has a flat fee of $ 18,810 per term for 12-19 points. Additional points are $ 1,254 per point.

The Introduction to Architecture program has a flat fee of $ 3,762 for 2 points at a rate of $ 1,254 per point.

Please visit the Columbia Student Financial Services website for further information on fees.

M.Arch, M.S. HP, M.S. UP, M.S. CCCP

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall/Spring

$ 56,940

$ 1,126

$ 2,991

$ 998

$ 105

$ 160

$ 62,160

$ 21,231 (University estimate)

$ 3,260 (University estimate)

$ 1,089 (University estimate)

$ 4,905 (University estimate)

$ 218 (University estimate)

$ 93,023

M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD, M.S. RED

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Summer/Fall/Spring

$ 85,410

$ 1,372

$ 3,789

$ 1,459

$ 105

$ 240

$ 92,375

$ 28,308 (University estimate)

$ 4,890 (University estimate)

$ 1,452 (University estimate)

$ 6,540 (University estimate)

$ 436 (University estimate)

$ 134,001

New York/Paris

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

International Services

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses

Textbook & Supplies

Commuting

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall/Spring

$ 37,620

$ 1,126

$ 2,991

$ 998

$ 105

$ 160

$ 43,000

$ 21,231 (University estimate)

$ 3,348 (University estimate)

$ 484 (University estimate)

$ 133 (University estimate)

$ 73,101

Introduction to Architecture

Tuition

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Summer

$ 3,762

$ 246

$ 105

$ 4,113

  • Health Services Fee is a mandatory fee for access to the University Health Service Center.

  • Medical Insurance Fee is a payment for those enrolled in the Student Insurance plan.

  • University Facility Fee is an overall fee for use of its facilities, including the library and gym.

  • Document Fee is a one-time payment of $105 for transcripts, which allows students to request transcripts from the Registrar's Office without further cost.

GSAPP Funding

Fellowships

GSAPP is proud to offer several million dollars annually in fellowships and scholarships for both international and domestic students. Applicants are automatically considered for merit-based funding opportunities.

Allocations of fellowships are based on the following criteria.

Merit-based Fellowships

  • Merit is determined by the Program's Admissions Committee.
  • All applicants, international and domestic, are eligible.
  • All applicants are automatically reviewed by the admissions committees; there is no separate application.
  • Notification of merit-based fellowships is included in the admission letter.
  • A direct tuition award is disbursed in the student's account each term by the end of the change of program period (the second week of each semester).
  • Full time enrollment and good academic standing are required.
Employment Opportunities

Assistantships
GSAPP offers a limited number of merit-based teaching and research assistantships to all students enrolled in full-time degree programs. Selected recipients work as teaching assistants in exchange for tuition awards (maximum half tuition) and monthly stipends.

Tuition awards are applied directly to the student’s account. Remuneration varies based on the position and fall within the following range.
Minimum: 10 hours per week for $7,336 tuition award plus $2,060 salary.
Maximum: 19 hours per week for $13,755 tuition award plus $3,863 salary.

The assignment of assistantships is made on the basis of qualifications for each position. Because these are merit-based positions, preference is given to applicants who have experience in the course or subject matter. Students are only eligible for one position per semester. A complete list of available positions is released to all students by the Dean’s Office in June. Applications are typically due the following month and students will be notified of their candidacy in late July. Positions are typically for the Fall and/or Spring terms (Summer term appointments are rare). More information can be found on the Assistantships page.

Casual Payroll
GSAPP offers a range of hourly employment opportunities in the fabrication shop, output shop, exhibitions and events offices, and other administrative roles. Salaries are paid via bi-weekly time sheets at a rate of $14 and $15 per hour.

Other Benefits

Subsidized Travel
All GSAPP students receive a travel stipend to offset required studio, conference, or thesis travel. The average amount of support given is $2,412 per student.
Additionally, GSAPP hosts and funds international summer workshops. These faculty-led, non-curricular workshops take place each summer and are announced during the Spring Semester.

Computers
Each student enrolled in a design studio has 24-hour access to a dedicated computer and workspace. Computers are equipped with animation, modeling, and fabrication software and students do not need to purchase or maintain a personal computer.

Columbia University & External Funding

Columbia University Fellowships

Columbia University offers a limited number of need-based institutional awards for graduate students. Applications are accepted from current students or those who plan to matriculate in the Fall. The submission deadline for these awards is determined by the University Provost’s Office (typically June 1st).

For more information and a complete list of available fellowships, please visit: http://sfs.columbia.edu/financial-aid/undergraduate-institutional-aid.

Outside Awards

Many financial resources exist in addition to those offered by Columbia University. We urge students to research outside scholarships.

Students may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, and special interest groups. Please consult the Student Financial Services’ Outside Awards page for more information.

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